The Effects Of Glyphosate On Bee’s & Humans
It’s not breaking news that pesticides can have a harmful negative impact on honey bees with the EFSA previously stating that popular Neonicotinoid Pesticides carried a serious risk to our beloved bee’s, and therefore they imposed EU based restrictions onto them. Recently though another piece of research shows that an prevalent agricultural chemical that contains the ingredient Glyphosate can potentially be dangerous to our bee’s.
Erik Motta from the University of Texas stated that their research found the ingredient Glyphosate could be harmful to the healthy bacteria in the Bee’s tummies. Research as far back as 2015 also shows negative impacts from Pesticides on Bee’s and even research in China showed seriously frightening impacts on Bee Larvae
Why it could be a big deal?
It is more well known these days that bees are dying at an alarming rate and the fact that one of the most popular pesticides ever being used could be contributing to that rapid decline should raise some eyebrows. If some restrictions could be placed on pesticides with Glyphosate and further studies conducted it would be fascinating to see what impact that would have on the bee decline rate.
In defense of Glyphosate
A spokesperson from Monsanto the company that uses Glyphosate heavily in their Pesticides has already leapt to their defence. They said that any claim Glyphosate had a negative impact on the Bee Decline was not true. They also went on to say that over 40 years of “robust” studies show that Glyphosate “poses no unreasonable risk for humans, animal, and the environment generally“.
Is the Pesticide safe on Humans?
One fascinating and heartbreaking case in the USA involving Monsanto and a School groundskeeper sheds some light on possible impacts on Humans. Dewayne Johnson states that spraying Monsanto’s weed killer for hours a day in the school was what led to his terminal cancer. Monsanto was ordered pay just shy of 300 million dollars but strongly denied his claims and used the “40 years of robust” studies argument as a defence. They plan to appeal the court’s decision.
There are said to be thousands of similar new cases being brought against Monsanto which poses an interesting future for the company.
What should happen next
It seems undoubtedly clear that more studies should be taken as soon as possible. There doesn’t seem to be a clear, definite answer on impacts of Glyphosate on Bees with arguments on both sides. One thing remains clear however, and that is that Bee’s are still sadly dying at a rapid rate.